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But I can’t pass that far! The influence of motor skill on decision making

Bruce, Lyndell ; Farrow, Damian ; Raynor, Annette ; Mann, David

Psychology of Sport & Exercise [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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    But I can’t pass that far! The influence of motor skill on decision making
  • Author: Bruce, Lyndell ; Farrow, Damian ; Raynor, Annette ; Mann, David
  • Description: Objectives The influence of motor skill on perceptual-cognitive and perceptual-motor decision making has been theorised but not verified empirically. Method Expert ( n = 19), developmental ( n = 20), and lesser-skilled netballers ( n = 19) completed tests designed to evaluate three different components of domain-specific expertise: (i) motor skill-execution; (ii) perceptual-cognitive decision making; and (iii) perceptual-motor decision making. Results Each of the three measures was found to improve commensurate with domain-specific skill. Decisions requiring movements (perceptual-motor) elicited more accurate decision making than simple verbal responses (perceptual-cognitive), irrespective of participant skill. Although motor skill was found to be related to the successful execution of a most appropriate movement in a game situation, it was not found to limit the nature of the decision made by participants. No evidence was found to support the supposition that lesser-skilled participants bias their perceptual-cognitive decisions towards ones supported by their motor ability. Conclusions Results fail to comprehensively support the contemporary models for the development of perceptual-cognitive and perceptual-motor skill in sport. Highlights ► Motor skill influenced the performance of the required action, but not necessarily the decision made. ► Performance is superior on a coupled perceptual-motor task relative to a de-coupled perceptual-cognitive task. ► Motor skill performance was commensurate with expertise.
  • Is Part Of: Psychology of Sport & Exercise
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1469-0292 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.10.005
  • Subjects: Decision Making ; Motor Skill ; Perceptual-Cognitive ; Perceptual-Motor ; Expertise
  • Language: English
  • Source: ScienceDirect (Elsevier B.V.)

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